The Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act No. 47 of 1956 does not prevent children from engaging in non-harmful training activities to take part in performing arts and performing in school exhibitions, the Department of Labor said.
The Department said this in a statement issued over the reports published on social media sites regarding a musical band called Ashawari consisting of schoolgirls from Madrigiriya.
Labor Commissioner General Prabath Chandrakeerthi said the rumours that the Department has taken steps to ban this musical band are false.
The statement further said the Labor Department takes on the role of eradicating child labor under the Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act but it does not interfere in banning musical bands or suppressing the artistic and performing skills of children.
Popular Indian singer Pankaj Udhas no more
Popular ghazal and playback singer – Pankaj Udhas has passed away aged 72.
The Udhas family confirmed his death on Monday was due to a prolonged illness.
Taking to Instagram, Pankaj Udhas’ daughter Nayaab shared a statement on Instagram which read, “With a heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February 2024 due to a prolonged illness.”
He had passed away around 11am at the Breach Candy hospital, Indian media reports citing a family source.
His last rites will be held on Tuesday.
Pankaj is survived by wife Farida Udhas, daughters Nayaab and Reva Udhas, and brothers Nirmal and Manhar Udhas, who are also singers.
Laugfs Gas prices to remain unchanged too
LAUGFS Gas PLC has also decided not to revise the prices of domestic LP gas cylinders for the month of February 2024.
Accordingly, the current prices are as follows:
12.5kg cylinder – Rs. 4,740
5kg cylinder – Rs. 1,900
The announcement comes hours after Litro Gas Lanka stating that they will not revise gas prices this month.
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Actress and model Poonam Pandey has passed away last night (Feb. 01) due to cervical cancer at the age of 32, according to her team who posted the news of her death on her Instagram handle.
Poonam made her feature film debut with Nasha, an erotic drama that was released in 2013. She made cameo appearances in films such as Love Is Poison (Kannada) and Aa Gaya Hero (Hindi). The actress also headlined the Telugu movie Malini & Co and The Journey of Karma.
She was also part of the television reality competition series Lock Upp.
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